- to stare with open mouth, as in wonder.
- to open the mouth wide involuntarily, as the result of hunger, sleepiness, or absorbed attention.
- to open as a gap; split or become open wide.
- a wide opening; gap; breach.
- an act or instance of gaping.
- a stare, as in astonishment or with the mouth wide open.
- a yawn.
- Zoology. the width of the open mouth.
Origin of gape
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Examples from the Web for gaped
Hinde gaped at him, incapable of expressing himself with sufficient force.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
One shoe reclined in the southwest corner and the other gaped in the northeast.In a Little Town
He gaped at her vague, pearly face, as if she had suggested some enormity.Sacrifice
Stephen French Whitman
He returned no answer and gaped about him full of consternation and passion.The Frozen Pirate
W. Clark Russell
Bill Crane jumped from his horse, stretched his limbs, and gaped.The Young Miner
Horatio Alger, Jr.
- to stare in wonder or amazement, esp with the mouth open
- to open the mouth wide, esp involuntarily, as in yawning or hunger
- to be or become wide openthe crater gaped under his feet
- the act of gaping
- a wide opening; breach
- the width of the widely opened mouth of a vertebrate
- a stare or expression of astonishment
Word Origin and History for gaped
early 13c., from an unrecorded Old English word or else from Old Norse gapa "to open the mouth, gape," common West Germanic (cf. Middle Dutch, Dutch gapen, German gaffen "to gape, stare," Swedish gapa, Danish gabe), from PIE *ghai- (see gap). Related: Gaped; gaping. As a noun, from 1530s.